Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
This was a tough call between James Jones and Randall Cobb. With Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson struggling with injuries, a no-show from the entire tight end corps and Donald Driver’s age finally catching up to him, Jones and Cobb have both stepped up big time as Rodgers’ go-to targets.
I decided to give the edge to Cobb. I think Jones could have been just as productive last year if given the chance. He was rarely thrown to but still made numerous incredible grabs. He was just buried in Rodgers’ pecking order behind Jennings, Nelson and Jermichael Finley.
Cobb’s breakthrough is more a result of maturation after a year’s experience in the NFL. He now understands how to use his natural abilities, both in route running and rushing.
His production is also slightly superior to Jones’—45 catches, 500 yards, seven total touchdowns and 96 rushing yards for Cobb, compared to 40, 462, eight and zero for Jones.
Honorable mentions: Jones, A.J. Hawk, Sam Shields, C.J. Wilson, Mike Neal, Brad Jones, Tramon Williams